Leicester Tigers vs Exeter Chiefs Rugby Betting Tip Away Win – 18th September 2021

Exeter to pass opening test at Welford Road against Leicester

Ellis Genge / Leicester Tigers ©IMAGO / NurPhoto 10.07.2021

England Leicester Tigers vs Exeter Chiefs England
18th September 1500hrs
Rugby – England – Premiership
Pick Exeter Chiefs to win
Bookmaker Betfair
Odds: 5/6 odds taken 17:12 GMT on September 16th, 2021

After finishing last season empty-handed, Exeter Chiefs will be aiming to come out of the blocks firing for the new season.

The Chiefs came up short in both their title defences in the Premiership and Heineken Cup but will start the new season as one of the main contenders for both.

They kick off the new season with a trip to Leicester Tigers, who finished 6th last season in the top flight.

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Leicester Tigers Preview – Can the Tigers defend Welford Road?

Leicester Tigers did alright at the end of last season, winning three of their final four games of the campaign.

While a top-four finish evaded them, they earned a good top-six finish.

The Tigers also reached the final of the European Challenge Cup last season, dramatically losing that Final by a single point to Montpellier at Twickenham.

In the match outright for Saturday’s opener, Leicester are 21/20 for the victory* (odds recorded 17:12 GMT on September 16th, 2021).

That’s a pretty tight match outright market in play currently for rugby betting.

Leicester lost their final home game of last season. That was a 23-26 loss against Bristol.

However, the Tigers have not suffered consecutive home league defeats at Welford Road since October 2019.

There is, however, quite a shortfall when it comes to the head to head.

Leicester are currently running on a seven-match losing streak against Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership.

Our betting prediction:
Exeter -5 Handicap

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* (odds recorded 17:12 GMT on September 16th, 2021)


The Tigers have earned just one victory in their last ten such fixtures against the Chiefs.

That one victory did at least happen at Welford Road, in September 2017.

Their status as the underdog, even at home, rings true enough.

Leicester have won 6 of their 8 Premiership opening matches in which they have been the home team.

The last time these two met, there were a total of 12 tries scored, Leicester going down 31-47 at Sandy Park.

A Leicester Tigers +5 handicap is at a quote of evens for rugby betting* (odds recorded 17:12 GMT on September 16th, 2021).


Exeter Chiefs Preview – Can the Chiefs start on a positive note?

Last season would have hurt Exeter as they failed to defend their domestic and European crowns.

But the Devonshire giants will be expected to be fully back in the hunt for both in the new campaign.

Exeter finished second in the regular-season standings last term, behind Bristol Bears.

They did get through to the Premiership final where they were stunned by Harlequins.

In the match outright for Saturday’s game, Exeter are the 5/6 odds-on favourite* (odds recorded 17:12 GMT on September 16th, 2021).

They do, after all, have that brilliant head to head record going against the Tigers.

They are also a bit of a beast when it comes to Premiership away games.

Since the beginning of the 2019 calendar year, Exeter have won more away games (18) than any other Premiership club.

It’s been a return of them winning two-thirds of away matches in that span.

During the regular season in the previous campaign, no team scored more tries than Exeter did.

They also produced far more carries per game, averaging 135 per match.

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Exeter Chiefs beat Leicester by 22 points and by 16 points in last seasons’ two meetings with the Tigers.

The smallest margin of victory that they have beaten them by in the last five league meetings is 9 points in December 2019 at Welford Road.

That does suggest for rugby betting, the handicap line could be pushed a little bit.

An Exeter Chiefs -7 handicap is at 2/1* (odds recorded 17:12 GMT on September 16th, 2021).

There were a lot of times last season when Exeter had slow starts to matches. They had to do a lot of catching up in fixtures.

Last season they scored 61 tries in the second half of matches, which was at least 13 more than any other team.


Leicester Tigers vs Exeter Chiefs Betting Advice

This should be a great test for the Exeter Chiefs out at Welford Road, which is never the easiest place to go.

Leicester are a force to be reckoned with on home turf, but that having been said we expect the extra power of Exeter to eventually win out.

The Chiefs To Win option is at 5/6 for our first rugby betting pick* (odds recorded 17:12 GMT on September 16th, 2021).


Key Facts – Leicester Tigers vs Exeter Chiefs Betting Tip

  • Leicester Tigers have lost 9 of their last 10 against Exeter
  • Leicester Tigers haven’t lost back to back home league games since 2019
  • Exeter Chiefs have won more away games than any other club since the start of 2019


We are going back to head to head and the winning margins for Exeter in their most recent efforts against the Tigers.

They have, by and large, been fairly comfortable. So the Exeter -5 handicap for a quote of Evens is in play* (odds recorded 17:12 GMT on September 16th, 2021).

We don’t expect this to be the easiest of openers for the Chiefs. But they should press home their advantage as the match wears on.


The best betting odds for Leicester Tigers vs Exeter Chiefs

Leicester Tigers to win: 5/6 at Bet365
Draw: 20/1 at Bet365
Exeter Chiefs to win: 21/10 at Bet365